Jealousy is idiotic. Writers can often be insecure types… So they’re often jealous of the success of other writers.
- LEO BABAUTA
from Dan: I know I am occasionally jealous of other writers
Wanna know what I do about that jealousy, when I feel it?
I embrace them.
I try to become friends with the person I’m jealous of.
I hold their work up and say “SCORECARD: they sell more than me; they are a better writer!”
I read their stuff to learn from it. I try to emulate their work habits.
And I sit in the dark, red-faced at my jealousy, wishing I were a better person, a better writer – and working hard to be one.
Occasionally they’ll become friends with me and say I’m a good writer, sometimes stating that I’m a better writer than they are.
Scorecard says otherwise, but it still feels damned good to see my work is admired by those I admire, and that my moment is probably coming – if I keep working.